With so much news announcing unprecedented technological, economic, and cultural change, it’s difficult to tell the true signals of the future from the noise. In Forbes, Dev Patnaik unpacks the top ten news stories of 2023 that indicate major shifts unfolding in our world, with critical implications for the future.
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In 2023, there was no shortage of major news announcing unprecedented technological, economic, and cultural change. It felt like every week was rewriting the future.
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This year, conversations about the future have been dominated by AI. We saw how it’s already revolutionizing major parts of life and work, from threatening white-collar jobs to powering a brain implant that enabled a paralyzed man to walk using his thoughts. But AI is only part of how the future may unfold. If you’re paying close attention, you’ve seen that this year was full of other critical developments.
Here are the top ten headlines from 2023 that you might look back on in a few years and wish you had noticed. They have profound implications for the future. And unlike simple projections, these stories indicate major shifts in our world that aren’t far-off hypotheticals. They’re unfolding right now.
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1. The National Ignition Facility (NIF) has repeated a nuclear fusion reaction resulting in a net positive energy yield. Although the NIF isn’t on a direct path to commercial fusion power production, this progress is one of the biggest achievements in decades to make fusion available for mass production. Fusion, the source of the Sun’s energy, could offer a nearly infinite source of clean energy.
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